Star Trek: Voyager (1997) – Coda, and Blood Fever

Captain’s log: stardate 50518.6 Jeri Taylor pens this episode that first hit screens on 29 January, 1997. Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) and Chakotay (Robert Beltran) are on a relaxing away mission, when something goes wrong, and the captain is killed. Janeway is guided into the afterlife by her father (Len Cariou), and the Starfleet captain is…

Carrie (1974) – Stephen King

Stephen King’s first novel is on the book shelf this week. It has literally been decades since I read this one. In fact, I remember exactly where I was when I was reading the climax of the story. It stayed with me. So I was happy to revisit it, and see how much I enjoyed…

Boy’s Life (1991) – Robert McCammon

I remember reading this book in paperback when it first came out. It was summer, and I was in Toronto working to save (a little) money for my post secondary education. I was delighted in the nostalgia in it, and recalled being moved by the tale within its pages. When I came across it in…

Quantum Leap (1990) – M.I.A. and The Leap Home: Part 1

Season 2 comes to a poignant end this week, with one of the most important stories in the Quantum Leap universe. M.I.A. was written by Bellisario and aired 9 May, 1990. Al (Dean Stockwell) isn’t telling Sam (Scott Bakula) why he’s really leaped into the body of undercover police officer Jake Rawlins on 1 April,…

Quantum Leap (1990) – Animal Frat and Another Mother

  Sam (Scott Bakula) is back in school, when he leaps into Knut ‘Wild Thing’ Wileton, in Animal Frat. This Animal House-like episode was penned by Chris Ruppenthal and aired 3 January, 1990. It’s 19 October, 1967, and Sam seems to be Big Man On Campus, but as always, he’s there to put something right,…

Magnum, p.i. (1985) – The Hotel Dick and Round and Around

  Magnum (Tom Selleck) tries to grow up a little this week in The Hotel Dick; written by Reuben Leder, this one aired 17 October, 1985. Feeling age beginning to creep up on him, and even admitting to Higgins (John Hillerman) needing glasses to read, he leaves the estate behind, trying to shed his perceived beach bum private…

Magnum, p.i. (1984) – Rembrandt’s Girl and Paradise Blues 

  Comedy legend Carol Burnett shows up in Hawaii this week in the first of the two episodes up for review this week. Rembrandt’s Girl was written by Chris Abbott, and aired on 2 February, 1984. Higgins (John Hillerman), with Agatha (Gillian Dobb) helping out is planning a meditation retreat weekend at the estate, and…

Magnum, p.i. (1982) – Flashback and Foiled Again 

  This week’s installment features yet another favorite episode of mine (though let’s be honest, I have a lot of those in this series). Flashback was written by Lance Madrid III, and aired 4 November, 1982. Thomas (Tom Selleck) awakes to find himself in 1936, with a strange knowledge of a case he’s asked to…